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LOS ANGELES -- Off to a franchise-best 6-1 start after mauling the Detroit Pistons, the Los Angeles Clippers will try to continue their strong play when the host the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Wholesale Islanders Jerseys .Defense has been the story for the Clippers, who share top billing in the Western Conference with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Los Angeles is riding a three-game winning streak since the Clippers dropped their only game, an 85-83 defeat vs. the Thunder on Nov. 2.The Clippers lead the NBA in scoring defense at 89.4 points per game while producing 104.3, a differential of 14.9. They have limited opponents to 40 percent shooting.I think, when you start off the season, you always wonder what your team identity is going to be. And, when you get a few games under your belt, you start to see that, said Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who scored 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting, hitting all five of his 3-pointers in only three quarters, in a dominant 114-82 romp over the Pistons on Monday night at Staples Center. Paul also had eight assists and six rebounds.I think now our team is excited about our defense. We get excited about stopping teams and trying to keep them under a certain number. I think that is something that can be contagious all season long, said Paul, who led the NBA with 3.29 steals per game heading into Wednesday.Against the Trail Blazers, the Clippers have won four straight and seven of their last nine regular-season meetings, including a 114-106 decision on Oct. 27. The Trail Blazers, though, bounced the Clippers from the first round of the playoffs last season after injuries eliminated Paul and Blake Griffin from the series.Portland, the only team to top 100 points against the Clippers this season, is playing the second game of a back-to-back after a 124-121 win over Phoenix on Tuesday night. Damian Lillard scored 38 points, 22 in the final quarter. Backcourt mate C.J. McCollum added 33 as the Trail Blazers won their third in a row.Dame was clutch, Portland coach Terry Stotts said. He made his free throws. We were struggling without him. Seemed like he made every big play he had to.It was the first time McCollum has topped 30 points in consecutive games in his career.Portland lost forward Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) in the first quarter of the contest against Phoenix. His status for the Clippers game is unknown.The Trail Blazers have relied on their offense for wins to overcome a struggling defense. The Blazers were allowing 109.3 points per game, which ranked 25th in the league, entering the contest against Phoenix. Portland was averaging 108.3 points.However, the Trail Blazers have been one of the leagues best from long distance, averaging 11.3 3-pointers before Tuesday.They will be pressed to duplicate those numbers against the Clippers, who have limited the opposition to seven 3-pointers a game in their seven outings. Mathew Barzal Jersey .Y. -- Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has a bone to pick with the NFL schedule maker. Thomas Greiss Jersey . The CFLs leading rusher kept adding to his gaudy numbers this season and scored the winning touchdown with just over two minutes to play. 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Brisbane Roar have moved on from Luke Brattans controversial departure last year as the Melbourne City midfielder prepares to take on his old side for the first time.Local boy Brattan, a three-time title winner with the Roar, will make his return to Suncorp Stadium as an opposition player in Friday nights A-League clash between the Roar and City.The 26-year-old had his contract with Brisbane terminated in August last year due to unpaid superannuation but said at the time hed never play for another A-League club as it would be a sideways move.He then signed for Manchester City but didnt make a single appearance for the Premier League club, and also struggled in an unhappy spell at Bolton Wanderers, before moving to Melbourne on loan earlier this year.The manner of his exit - and his eventual destination - left a bitter taste in the mouth of some Roar officials and its likely Brattan is in for a hostile reception from an expected bumper crowd at Suncorp Stadium.But defender Luke DeVere said Brattan wont be in for any special treatment from his ex-teammates.Brattsy made a decision that he thought was best for him. Our clubs moved past that now, DeVere said on Tuesday. Adidas John Tavares Jersey. Were focused on what we want to do. We wont be treating him any different to any other player.What happened in the past has happened, the clubs definitely moved on from that.Weve brought new players in who have added a lot - last year, Miguel (Corona) did a fantastic job for us, Thomas Kristensens doing likewise.Players can be replaced and the teams done well to do that.DeVere said there were no extra plans in place to deal with the threats of Citys multi-faceted attack, led by strikers Tim Cahill and Bruno Fornaroli.Cahill should be fresh after he was rested last week while Fornaroli is coming off a blistering double against Adelaide United.The Uruguayan has now scored 29 goals in 33 games, giving him the best goals-per-game ratio in Australian national league history for players who have featured in more than 20 matches.Its just about being switched on and aware of what he can do and making sure youre alert for the whole game so he doesnt create those half-chances, DeVere said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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